Printer in residence and exhibition: an Otago-Dartmouth partnership

7 July 2016

Wood block depicting the Dartmouth College Library building

A wood block depicting the Dartmouth College Library building

On 1 August, Sarah M Smith, Book Arts Printer at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, will arrive at the University of Otago to be the Printer in Residence for 2016.  Sarah’s Otakou Press print project is to print a limited edition of poems written by local poet Rhian Gallagher.  The theme of this volume is centred round the life and activities of Freda Du Faur (1882–1935), the first woman to climb Aoraki/Mount Cook.  The text will be enhanced by images by the Dunedin artist Lynn Taylor.  120 copies will be printed; 100 will be for sale.

To further enhance the Otago-Dartmouth Matariki partnership, an exhibition of Book Arts materials from Dartmouth College, that were used in their own 25th anniversary celebrations last year, will be exhibited in the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections.  The Otago exhibition starts 1 September and runs through to 2 December 2016.

Another exciting aspect to this partnership is the exhibition of past University of Otago Printer in Residence publications at Dartmouth College Library.  The exhibition is scheduled to start in the first week of October 2016.